There are three easy rules that a confidence trickster must obey if he or she is to be successful. They are: 1. You can't cheat an honest man. 2. Never give a sucker an even break. And 3. DON'T wise up a chump. It's important that we American voters know and understand these rules as we will be put to the test as a country in the days and weeks ahead leading up to the 2020 Presidential election.
I say this because, thanks to the testimony of Michael Cohen, we now know that he and Donald Trump together perpetrated a slick election fraud during the closing days of the 2016 Presidential election. This fraud took place right after President Trump's salacious confession that he felt free to grope women in one of their erogenous zones just because he was some kind of celebrity. At that moment, the Trump campaign rightly felt that the revelation of two extra-marital affairs would have a mostly negative effect on Donald Trump's chances of winning the Presidency. And thus it was that Donald Trump directed Mr. Cohen to come up with over a quarter of a million dollars to pay off two of the women with whom he had been sexually active.
At this point I won't say these payoffs represent a crime. Certainly they don't represent the deepest, darkest kind of criminal violation imaginable. Whether the President stands trial or faces impeachment as a result of these campaign violations will largely depend on the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. House of Representatives, at which time the President will be judged either by a panel of his peers in a court of law or by the 435 members of the House of Representatives. One thing seems certain to me and that is that this whole sordid affair certainly smacks of fraudulence. I mean, after all, piled on top of the many accusations of unwanted groping that arose out of the Access Hollywood confession, the revelation that Donald Trump had conducted at least two sexual liaisons with women other than his wife and paid each of these women off handsomely for their silence would most likely have had a deleterious effect on his chances for winning the White House. This would definitely provide the Trump for President campaign with sufficient motive to perpetrate a cover-up of such activity, verging on criminal behavior.
The point of all these accusations is not so much about the criminal activities of the Trump campaign of two years ago because, after all, that particular train has already left the station. It is over and done with and we are stuck with Donald Trump as our Chief Executive. No, the point is that we have to prepare ourselves for more such underhanded conduct during the coming 2020 elections. After all, it only stands to reason. If Donald Trump was prepared to lie, cheat and finagle his way into the White House in 2016, it is only logical to assume that he is more than ready to do much MORE to stay there!
At the end of the day, it is vitally important that we as the American voting public understand and appreciate the fact that Donald Trump cannot be trusted, that this is a man who plays fast and loose with the truth and a man who has utter contempt for the rule of law. We must accept this as cold, hard fact and be prepared for similar conduct during the entirety of the 2020 election. If we do not accept the assumption that Donald Trump will use every underhanded trick at his disposal and every illegal stratagem that the dark forces of our political system can devise in order to hold on to the levers of governmental power, it is entirely conceivable that the President will once again pull the wool over our eyes, will use every resource available to him to cover up any and all of his past misdeeds and once again cheat his way back into the White House.
The public disclosure of President Trump's total disdain for playing fairly and obeying the well established rules of the game should give us pause to consider our choices as far as the up-coming elections are concerned. These disclosures should tell us about the kind of man to whom we have entrusted the most powerful political office on the planet. More to the point, we must be alert to the fact that ignoring such warnings will place our democracy in greater jeopardy than ever before.
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